Saturday, 29 November 2014

1 9 6 1 - 'Virou bagunça' / 'O viúvo alegre' / 'Zé do Periquito' / 'Mulheres, cheguei'

22 January 1961 - The new year starts all fine for the Brazilian cinema... that's high summer in South America just a little before Carnaval when the whole country explodes in festivity and gaiety; one can see by the titles of the movies: 'Virou bagunça' (All tuned into a mess-up) or 'O viúvo alegre' (The gay widower)... debauchery (excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures - intemperance) is the best word to explain the spirit of Carnaval and the Brazilian mind during the summer time festivities; song, dance, booze and sex... or innuendo. Maybew that's why the 'high brows' in the press hated the Brazilian popular comedy they called 'chanchada' which translates better in German - Schweinnereien (ribaldry, smut).

Zé Trindade was a short, middle-aged fellow from Bahia, the Northern part of Brazil who personified the type of Brazilian macho who is always thinking about sex and how to get into the panties of this or that lady. He was not a violent macho... actually he was a paunchy shorty who would knuckle under the fury and of taller and handosomer men. What made Trindade tick was his utterly lecherous facial expressions and the way he looked at the camera and uttered his maxims about sex or the lack of it. This sort of connivance with the male audience made him hugely popular among men and not-too bad among women too who knew this sort of man was a nuisance but not a real threat.
Releasing a Zé Trindade movie was a major PR operation as one can see by the size of the ad that takes almost half a page of the daily OESP. Zé Trindade's antics were usually panned by the major newspaper columnists but time has proved they were biased and culturally colonized. High brows disdained these comedies and dubbed them as 'chanchadas', a word derived from 'chanco' (swine) but they were hugely popular.

13 February 1961 -

26 February 1961 - OESP's columnist kept on calling comedies made in Rio de Janeiro as 'comedia carioca de costumes' (carioca situation comedies) which was pointless and only showed a backward parochialism on the part of journalists with chips on their shoulders working for conservative S.Paulo newspapers. 
15 April 1961 - Ankito & Grande Otelo in 'Um candango na Bela Cap' which is all about the building of Brasilia the new capital aka Nova Cap that was inaugurated on 21st April 1960. Rio de Janeiro the former capital was known as Bela Cap (beautiful capital).

23 April 1961 -

17 September 1961 - a Brazilian-USA co-production filmed in São Paulo and São Vicente, 'A moça do quarto 13 ' (Girl in room 13)

A letter summons US detective Steve Marshall to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in search of fugitive murderess Louise Dunning. Marshall contacts Louise and learns that she murdered her husband only in self-defense. In the meantime, Marshall is set up as a pawn in a counterfeiting ring (they were the ones who had sent him the letter), and unwittingly helps the police capture the criminals. Louise decides to remain in Brazil. (synopsis written by Mark Holcomb - - for IMDb).

17 September 1961 - daily OEPS's columnist praises 'Girl in room 13' saying that even though the plot line is not really original there are good quality elements in the movie like Andrea Bayard's and John Herbert's acting, Konstantin Tkaczenko's photography and Pierino Massenzi's scenography which showed S.Paulo in a better view than 20th Century Fox's Henry Levin who had filmed S.Paulo less than a year before for 'Holiday lovers'.

'Girl in Room 13' USA lobby card
Brian Donlevy was your typical GI man in his 59th year (born in 1901); he had been a sort of beef-cake earlier in his career having been nominated for an Academy Award for best-supporting actor for his part in 1939's 'Beau Geste'.
8 December 1961 - 'Correio da Manhã' brings this ad of Victor Lima's 'Mulheres, cheguei!' which is probably Zé Trindade's last appearance as a leading comedian in a Brazilian musical-comedy which was dying fast with the rising popularity of television.
OESP columnist wrote the same nonsense about the Brazilian musical-comedy. Little did he know that with the passing of 1961, this kind of genre would be dead and buried too. 
24 December 1961 - After 2 weeks of being premiered in Rio de Janeiro 'Mulheres, cheguei' opens in São Paulo too. As we've already mentioned it is amazing how the Brazilian musical-comedy had a sudden death. It started 1961 with great fanfare and ended it with a sad note.
24 December 1961 - Brazilian film distribuitor Cinedistri wishes their best Season Greetings to all readers of OESP and gives a preview of what 1962 would bring:  'Eu sou o tal' with Vagareza & Nancy Wanderley; 'Três colegas de batina' with Eliana & Trio Irakitan; 'As pupilas do senhor reitor' with Anselmo Duarte & Marisa Prado; 'Sai dessa, recruta' with Ankito & Consuelo Leandro; 'A ilha' with Eva Wilma & Luigi Picchi; 'Teus olhos castanhos' with Francisco José, Aracy Cardoso  & Elizabeth Gasper; 'O pagador de promessas' with Leonardo Villar & Gloria Menezes; 'A morte comanda o cangaço' with Alberto Ruschel & Aurora Duarte; 'Assassinato em Copacabana' with Mario Lago & Milton Moraes; 'Lampião, rei do cangaço' with Leonardo Vilar & Milton Ribeiro; 'A grande feira' with Luiza Maranhão, Geraldo Del Rey & Helena Ignez and finally 'A moça do quarto 13' with Brian Donlevy & Andrea Bayard. 

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